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layla sedick


thresholds for the collective memory: forming a spatial locus for displaced collectives in district six


district six, cape town

threshold, collective memory, locus, displaced individuals


The following dissertation records the exploration in the creation of a locus for the collective memory, for the needs of the collective of displaced individuals in District Six.

The interest was sparked by an initial area of focus - District Six in Cape Town.

The edge of District Six presented itself to be an untapped threshold into the city. Considering that the preexisting memory of the space still holds a presence, in conjunction with the existing inhabitants and their needs, the following dissertation aims to construct threshold spaces that will aid in producing a positive and productive collective memory for the inhabitants and users of this space.

The theory of collective memory considers the narrative of the individual to be paramount in its creation. The architectural manifestation of the collective memory is found within the interaction of a city's fabric and it's inhabitants

The project aims to act as a hub, working to welcome and engage vulnerable and displaced individuals of District Six and serve as a locus for the existing social organisations.

This locus builds on the threshold as a driving spatial concept, at the scale of the city and the scale of the user. The threshold becomes the mechanism for creating a positive collective memory for these individuals and the users of the space. Thus creating thresholds for the collective.


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